Storyteller Scroll | Looking back at our Dare to be Deep event

  • Published on Nov 10 2010 |
  • This article is tagged as: storyteller

Our storyteller, Sarah Boteler, writes about her observations and the events that took place at the CPAWS Celebration, Dare to be Deep.


Albert Einstein once  said "look deep into Nature and there you will find everything" and this past Monday CPAWS invited everyone to Dare to be Deep as they celebrated the establishment of Canada's first ever National Marine Conservation Area Reserve  in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve on the islands of Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. The event appropriately took place at the Museum of Nature and featured many speakers from CPAWS members to politicians discussing the area of Gwaii Haanas, the importance of Marine protection and the history of how the reserve came to be. Dancers from the Haida Nation also came to share their culture with the Nation's capital, a perfect representation of the cooperation between the Government of Canada and the Haida nation that made the creation of this marine reserve possible.

The evening was a combination of celebration and recognition. This is only the first of much more that needs to be done. At the beginning of the evening a Haida tradition was mentioned where if someone makes a mistake they must give money to the tribe, this became a running joke throughout the presentations of the evening, but it was also a perfect metaphor for the message this event conveyed. We have made some mistakes regarding our environment. It is now time to recognize that and give back and take on fixing them. Judging from the enthusiasm of the over 150 people at the event this message was not lost on people.

During the reception and intermissions many people teemed around the CPAWS booth discussing other initiatives, also looking at the paintings of the Dumoine displayed around and talking to the Haida dancers. The atmosphere was one of excitement and enthusiasm and there was plenty of food and live music for everyone. The highlight however, was the performance by the Haida dancers. They came in from the back of the audience doing their traditional paddle dance and made their way to the front. They then performed the eagle and the raven while discussing the significance these animals help within their traditions. They described the frog as being a fitting example for this evening since the frog uses both land and water. The frog dancer then leaped his way up to the stage. Each leap looked to be three feet off the ground, a very impressive display of strength and grace and a perfect way to end the evening. Dare to be Deep is now on to its next destination as it tours Canada celebrating but also inspiring. Now we have successfully Dared to be Deep we can now all together, dare to go further.